Either Way You are Dead and Alive
We all, in Adam, ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and are dead to God from birth. Yet we all walked around thinking we were alive and God was just fooling. Now all are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus but we still think God is just fooling. Every time God declares truth we go out of our way to declare Him a liar.
Consider this. The very day Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they died to what had been uninterrupted and unmarred fellowship with God. They went from having God to having things, like shame of nakedness. In Christ Jesus we all were put to a second death, a death to the first death. We are born anew and live in eternal union with God.
We are either dead to God or dead to sin. Or another way, we are either alive to sin or alive to God. When we are alive to sin our identity is bound to our flesh. When we are alive to God we are bound to Love loving. The flesh self looks out for itself and the Spirit of Love is a self for others.
So whether alive to God or alive to sin we first have to be dead. These are different deaths, but real deaths nonetheless. Yet I’ll bet, before you accepted Christ’s act of Love you thought you were alive and now, hearing you are alive in Christ Jesus, you sense flesh stuff and think yourself dead to God. That is a paradox.
Did Christ die for you? Doubt it and continue in doubt or believe His Life is your very life and continue in belief. Watch the flesh and die to the truth or keep your eyes on Jesus and live.
Rejection of Love Personified
Past - Present - Future
Pray the future, accept the present, forgive the past.
Now is forever. Neither the regrets of the past nor fear of the future have room in the now. Right now and now and now God loves you. In fact, since Jesus declaration of eternal life, you have no excuse to try and rewrite the past. Even if a past event has left you without a body or emotional part, your part in the now is the same as it is for any other person who ever lived. Love.
What of the future? If God has taken care of yesterday's oops then tomorrow's abysmal failures are covered too. In fact, if you will forgive your potential failures, you love yourself now. If you accept God's release from past guilt, you love Him now.
The now is where you get those eternal hugs. Maybe even a tickle now and again.
John 15:12 Jesus speaking, "This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.”
The ‘love one another’ can be translated ‘love yourselves’. Now you can love yourself.
Life Eternal or Who’s your…
This I have written to you, the ones believing in the name of the Son of God, in order that you should know that you have Life Eternal by believing in the Name of the Son of God. (1John 5:13 DLT)
For some reason and for the majority of humanity, even after experiencing this life of pain, confusion, and challenge, the gaining of something called ‘life eternal’ sounds really inviting. But no one equates that eternity with this type of living going on forever.
Eternal life for most is really the proverbial escape from this life to something much better. It is a program for happiness and an escape from fear, pain, and an angry god. In this life, all sorts of hopes are offered to us, promising to release our fear of death and judgement and call us to live at peace with some god, ourselves, and everyone else.
The verse above specifically presents this hope but in the God of the Bible. It invites us to confirm and validate our worth by our having embraced the Name of the Son of God and an encouragement to continue to do so. But what is the Name of the Son of God?
For most it is Jesus. Many have returned to the hebrew word of Yeshua.
Let us first focus on the name Yeshua. It is two words run together; ye and shua. The ye is a shortened form of the Name of God, the I AM WHAT I AM that Moses talked to at the burning bush. Shua means to save (make whole, complete, healthy). So the name Yeshua ends up a statement of fact; ‘I am your wholeness, completeness, and your health’. Jesus is the greek equivalent of Yeshua. In short, the Name we trust is an Eternal Living promise which if we believe it, we know we are completely completed, totally whole, and forever healthy. This is Life Eternal and His Living in us.
Verse 13 is John’s conclusion of the previous two verses:
And this is the testimony; "God has given us Eternal Life, and this Life is in His Son. The one who HAS the Son HAS The Life. The one who does not have the Son of God does not have Life.” (1John 5:11, 12 DLT)